How a Minimalist Mindset Became the Minimal Lifestyle

Marie Kondo’s Netflix series “Tidying Up“ easily became one of the few shows I rewatch on streaming networks. *cues side eye* I know what you’re thinking. That show cannot possess much more content than the first time. However, I believe it does. Not only do I feel more at peace when her tasks are completed; I believe my brain finds another way to make itself more calm. It might sound crazy but for me, this started with just one aspect of my apartment: my closet.

Now, I don’t have a lot of space for clothing compared to my parents house. The only reason I fit my clothes in my closet during undergrad stemmed from driving an hour an half home and staying the weekend. My parents didn’t make me take all my stuff so I had more space for more clutter. The items in my closet define themselves as clutter moreso because 1) clothes were accompanied with tags 2) I possessed an obnoxious habit of only being able to wear things once 3) I thought I saved much better than I realized. WRONG!

I started from scratch. I took everything off a hanger, which configured to one massive pile. I automatically took out items that I knew I loved and wore pretty often. I put those on a hanger and took a 30 minute break. I returned to look at my smaller pile of clothes to determine between maybe and no. My no pile was a lot larger than I though AND a lot of those clothes still had tags on them 🌚 (thank Jesus for receipts). I automatically put those clothes in a bag to return IMMEDIATELY. I took another 30 minute break to return to my maybe pile and really decide what I felt like me in, not what brought me joy.

WAIT?! Doesn’t Marie Kondo say keep items that bring you joy? Yes, she does, but for me, I realized clothes were always an impulse buy and I needed to focus on what items that supported what I wanted to look like and feel comfortable in. Looking back on old pictures, I am very minimal classic when it comes to clothing. Knowing that, I was able to make my closet so much more organized.

During quarantine, online shopping stemmed as the #1 hobby for those who were financially able. As tempting as it was to redo my entire apartment with things that looked cute, I actually went through every section of my 600 sq ft home and made it my mission to create a space that creates peace for me. The bathroom received its complete revamp and organization. While “Getting Organized with the Home Edit” had not appeared as a new Netflix fave, I knew that 1) I stepped away from consistently dolling up others for a while 2) some things reached their expiration. I continued to use a faulty sink faucet and shower head, needed to rid of the old shower curtain and liner while investing in floor mats that actually stopped my entire floor from being drenched. I placed work orders to my landlord and continued to think about the bathroom setup I wanted AND could maintain.

Makeup for women easily loses the focus of organization. The order I powered through my makeup:

  1. expired and broken items
  2. faulty brushes and sponges
  3. palettes by brand
  4. palettes by usage (remaining in brand groups)
  5. lashes
  6. miscellaneous items (q-tips, clips, tweezers, etc.)

The process timed shorted than my closet because most things I had used. Makeup palettes contain expiration dates, too. Follow the holding time (most times 12-24 months) in every time you have. Since May 2020, I have tackled every area of my home. Focusing on one part every two weeks (mostly because I could distract myself during Zoom Meetings). I have now organized my TV stand/bookshelf, all kitchen cabinets and my food storage, old files and even the junk drawer!

While I continue to wait for my complete Home Edit remodel for my first home, I am elated to have started a journey that has now transpired in every part of my life, EVEN THE CLASSROOM! No more just getting stuff because it looks cute (I know some of my teacher-friends may cringe), but functionality remains important! My high schoolers do better with systems and zones because we all know what happens when there isn’t.

More lifestyle posts to come!



3 thoughts on “How a Minimalist Mindset Became the Minimal Lifestyle

  1. Great post Alexas, it is important to create an environment that makes sense for us. Minimalism is very interesting I watch one guy on YouTube Matt D’avella. Though I don’t practice it there are certain elements I apply to my life like actually spending money practically. I’m more stricter with clothes shopping and have more of a minimal wardrobe and do frequent clear outs from time to time.


    1. It’s always about doing what works for you! That’s the great thing about minimalism. Sometimes you need aspects of your home life to be simple so you can do more in other areas! Thank you for sharing your experience

      – Alexas

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